If you're like many women, you own at least a couple nail polish colors that you like, but rarely wear. Instead of letting those lacquers sit in your dresser untouched for months at a time, try one of these nifty DIYs.
1. Easily thread a needle.
Threading through the tiny eye of a needle can be tough, but applying a little nail polish to the tip of the thread , and therefore simpler to push through.
2. Prevent jewelry from turning your hands green.
We've all bought some jewelry that was, ahem, less than high-quality — and the little green ring on your skin is the telltale sign. Hide your inexpensive secret by applying a little clear polish on the inside of your rings and bracelets, creating a barrier between the metal and your skin.
3. Keep your jewelry from tarnishing.
Applying a touch of on the metal portions of cheap or costume jewelry can keep it from losing its metallic plating and sparkle.
4. Sealing an envelope.
Hate licking envelopes? Apply a along the flap instead, then seal.
5. Keep a nail from breaking further.
When you get a small tear in your nail, don't reach for the clippers right away. Instead, to repair it: snip off the corner of an unused tea bag, place it over the tear, then dab a little clear nail polish overtop to seal it. Apply your favorite nail polish color on top to hide the evidence.
6. Stop your shoelaces from fraying.
Going running is a great way to stay healthy, but your sneakers can look rough after a few months. Keep your shoelaces from getting frayed by dipping them into clear (or colorful, if you want to match your workout clothes) nail polish.
7. Stop a run in your tights from getting bigger.
This is probably the for nail polish, but that's because it works so well. Simply apply a little swipe of clear nail polish at the top and bottom of the run, then let it dry.
8. Prevent labels from smudging.
If you have labels on your food containers, potted plants, or outdoor items like mailboxes, you can prevent them from smudging by applying a coat of clear polish over them.
9. Reset stones into jewelry.
You think you got a great deal on a ring or bracelet, then bam — a stone (or three) pops out. Instead of tossing the piece, simply reset the loose stone by dabbing it with a spot of clear nail polish, then inserting it with tweezers. No messy glue required!
10. Tighten a loose screw.
Sure, there are lots of bargain furniture deals that look great in your home, but if you find that some of the screws keep coming undone, the stability of these pieces can be put at risk. Secure a loose screw by brushing a little clear polish over the top, then tightening it again.
11. Code your keys.
Can't keep all your keys straight? Apply a to each key to make sure you never fumble at your door again.
12. Keep your buttons intact.
It's always sad when a shirt loses its button because the thread has frayed, so prevent that altogether by applying a little clear polish to keep it intact.